UAMS Breaks Ground on $10M Child Development Center


UAMS Breaks Ground on $10M Child Development Center
A rendering of the child development center that UAMS is building near the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library in Little Rock (UAMS)

UAMS on Wednesday began construction of a nearly $10 million child development center just south of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library in Little Rock.

The 20,000-SF center at 11th and Monroe streets will have the capacity to provide services for about 200 children, from infancy through pre-kindergarten, of UAMS employees and students. UAMS said 10% of those slots will be reserved for the children of employees who live in the surrounding community.

Another 10% will go to workers or students who qualify for Child Care and Development Fund vouchers through the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

The center is expected to create about 40 jobs for teachers, teacher assistants and other staff members. It's expected to open in spring 2024.

UAMS said Fennell Purifoy Architects of Little Rock and C.R. Crawford Construction of Fayetteville are part of the project team.

The center’s design includes rooms for infant care, toddlers and preschool as well as indoor and outdoor play and activity areas, UAMS said in a news release. UAMS will contract with Bright Horizons, the nation’s largest provider of employee-sponsored child care, to manage the center and offer a curriculum that covers subjects including language and literacy, creative arts, math operations and reasoning, science and technology, and health and wellness.

“For the children and their families — who will include UAMS front-line clinicians, health professions educators, researchers and our staff — we will provide a safe, welcoming facility where their children can learn, thrive and have fun,” Stephanie Gardner, UAMS provost and chief strategy officer, said in the release.

The project will be financed through the federal New Markets Tax Credit program, with additional money coming from gifts from UAMS employees and supporters.